Las Vegas -- fiction

Vegas Nerve

By Susan Rogers Cooper

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"Sheriff Milt Kovak, having joined his psychiatrist wife on a trip to a conference in Las Vegas, expects a welcome vacation, inspecting the casinos. He has left a capable second-in-command to watch over his small town in Oklahoma, but almost as soon as they arrive, Milt gets an S.O.S. call from his cousin Maida. Her pregnant daughter has been beaten by her husband, and Maida's husband, Burl, has thoroughly trounced his son-in-law. The young man is the son of a very powerful businessman in Vegas, and the police want to lock Burl up.

"Milt manages to talk his fellow cops into giving him custody of Burl until the trial and takes the still-steaming man to their hotel room; Burl reciprocates by disappearing. Milt doesn't think anything else can go wrong - except it does. The next morning, the young man is found dead.

"Now Milt must forgo the wonders of Las Vegas to try to find Burl and clear him from the charge of murder. He expects to get some help from the young widow's several brothers, who descend on the town 'volunteering to help.' But they are more involved with quarreling among themselves than in finding the murderer."

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Vegas Heat

By Fern Michaels

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The year is 1980. Las Vegas has grown from a crude desert wasteland filled with bawdy miners and bingo parlors into a showplace of dazzling casinos - a gambler's paradise. Fanny Thornton has recently married Sallie's son, Simon, but theirs is not a happy union. Simon is a jealous, domineering man whose suspicions and increasing paranoia about his brother - Fanny's ex-husband Ash Thornton - have estranged Fanny from her four children. But now Ash is ill, possibly dying. Babylon, his life's achievement - and Vegas's most magnificent casino - is in danger of falling into the wrong hands. It is Fanny who reluctantly steps in to take over Babylon...Fanny who vows to make her family whole again even as Simon tries to sabotage her at every turn. But when another man offers her the chance for a new beginning, it is a gamble Fanny is determined to take.

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Sin City

By Harold Robbins

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The big time in Las Vegas always comes at a cost, as Jack "Lucky" Riordan is about to learn. He is the illegitimate son of Howard Hughes and will do anything to hit the big time.
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Murder in Vegas: New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation

By Michael Connelly

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Edited by bestselling-author Michael Connelly, this new anthology from the International Society of Crime Writers gathers 22 never-before-published crime and mystery stories about the ultimate playground, Las Vegas, and what can happen behind the glitz and glamour.
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Deadman's Poker

By James Swain

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The first in a two-novel, back-to-back series follows scam-buster Tony Valentine as he heads to Sin City to match wits with killer card sharks working the ultimate con. Includes insider tips for catching poker cheats, as well as a glossary of card hustler terms.
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